31st December, 2022
The year 2022 has been very eventful across the world. Prominent personalities died and their death brought the world to a standstill, as there were mourning and tributes from across the world.
Some of these deaths are:
1. Queen Elizabeth II
The death of Queen Elizabeth II stood as the number one death that shook the entire word in 2022. The longest serving monarch in UK’s history died on 8 September, 2022 at the age of 96. Her death brought the world to a standstill. Mourning and tributes poured in from across the world. The Queen died at her Balmoral Castle after reigning on the throne for 70 years. World leaders, including US President, Joe Biden attended her burial ceremony.
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known by his kickname, Pele died on 29 December, 2022 at the age of 82. He was born on 23 October 1940. Pele was a Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward. Regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and labelled “the greatest” by FIFA, he was among the most successful and popular sports figures of the 20th century.
In 1999, he was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and was included in the Time list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. In 2000, Pelé was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) and was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century.
His 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, which includes friendlies, is recognised as a Guinness World Record. Pele was the only player on earth to have won three World Cups-1958, 1962 and 1970.
His demise shook the world and is still being mourned currently. Tributes have poured in from across the world, including President Joe Biden, among others.
3. Pope Benedict XVI
Former Pope Benedict XVI died on 31 December, 2022 at the age of 95. His death sent the entire world into mourning. He was the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 19 April, 2005 until his resignation on 28 February 2013.
Benedict’s election as pope occurred in the 2005 papal conclave that followed the death of Pope John Paul II. Benedict chose to be known by the title “pope emeritus” upon his resignation.
Tributes have continued to pour in from world leaders and Catholic faithful across the world.
4. Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe, Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan and President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020, died on 8 July, 2022.
He was the longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history. Abe also served as Chief Cabinet Secretary from 2005 to 2006 under Junichiro Koizumi and was briefly the opposition leader in 2012.
Abe was assassinated on 8 July, 2022 while delivering a campaign speech in Nara two days before the 10 July upper house elections.
He was mourned across the world. World leaders sent in tributes to mourn his death at the age of 67.
5. Mikhail Gorbachev
Mikhail Gorbachev’s death on 30 August 2022 shook the world. He was a Soviet and Russian politician who served as the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 to the country’s dissolution in 1991. He served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 and additionally as head of state beginning in 1988, as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet from 1988 to 1989, Chairman of the Supreme Soviet from 1989 to 1990 and the only President of the Soviet Union from 1990 to 1991. Ideologically, Gorbachev initially adhered to Marxism–Leninism but moved towards social democracy by the early 1990s.
He was mourned by world leaders and across the world. He died at the age of 91.